July 29, 2012 |
ABC has announced the chorus line for its 15th season of Dancing With the Stars , which will begin in September. It's a field made up of previous contestants that the network is labeling an "all-stars" edition. A couple of things leap out of that news flash. It implies that up until now, the show has been exercising a great deal of latitude in its definition of "stars. " And the fact that it is now recycling participants suggests that we may finally have exhausted America's vast storehouse of random and bizarre quasi-celebrities.
May 19, 2012 |
Donna Summer's family says the singer died of lung cancer even though she wasn't a smoker. TMZ says the diva believed she contracted the disease by breathing in toxic air after the Sept. 11 attacks in New York. Summer, who died Thursday at 63 in Naples, Fla., lived near ground zero. Summer's family rep, Brian Edwards, also said on Friday that the singer's funeral would be private and declined to disclose a time or place for the event. J-Lo: I'm undecided Jennifer Lopez denies she's already quit American Idol.
October 25, 2011
"If you don't have a story," says Jimmy Rosa, "there's nothing. It's like a marriage without love. And if you made money without a story, you can't be happy. " Jimmy hasn't made money yet, but he's got the story. If it ends well, money's coming. Jimmy, 48, of Langhorne, grew up outside Fall River, Mass. His parents didn't put much emphasis on education, and neither did he. He had a chance to play junior college football, but family steered him to the Navy. On the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy he met Bob Hope and Wayne Newton.
June 3, 2011
Bally's Atlantic City, Boardwalk at Park Place, 609-340-2000, ballysac.com. "Let's Make A Deal Live" starring Joey Fatone, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $25 and $20. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way, 609-317-1000, theborgata.com. Jeffrey Ross/J.B. Smoove, 9 tonight (Music Box), $24.50. Wanda Sykes, 8 and 11 p.m. tomorrow (Music Box), $65 and $55. Caesars Atlantic City, Boardwalk at Arkansas Avenue, 609-348-4411, caesarsac.com.
June 30, 2009
Impressionist Fred Travalena, 66, a regular in Vegas showrooms and on late-night talk shows with his takes on presidents, crooners and screen stars, died Sunday in Encino, Calif., after a recurrence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Mr. Travalena did a large number of celebrity impressions, leading to the nicknames "The Man of a Thousand Voices" and "Mr. Everybody. " His act included presidents from Kennedy to Obama, musicians from Frank Sinatra to Bruce Springsteen, and actors from Marlon Brando to Tom Cruise.
December 1, 2007 |
HOLLYWOODIANS love to give awards, get awards, sell awards . . . and they absolutely adore the end of every year, which is when a lot of awards get tossed around, hitting and sticking to some of them. Two awards lists were just announced, one earned and the other just sort of made up - but, then, so is Hollywood. Reese Witherspoon took top moneymaker honors in The Hollywood Reporter's annual list of the highest-paid actresses. The 31-year-old Academy Award winner commands $15 million to $20 million a movie.
November 24, 2007 |
WHEN YOU think of "entertainer," who comes to mind? A lot of late people - the late Frank Sinatra, the late Sammy Davis Jr., the late James Brown, the late Liza Minelli . . . oh, wait, it's only her career that's dead. Maybe Celine Dion, in some alternate universe. Don't say Wayne Newton. Please. Is there such a lack of entertainers these days that Entertainment Weekly felt compelled to name J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter mega-popular series, as its Entertainer of the Year?
November 17, 2007 |
Brit can't drive boys, judge rules L.A. County Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon decreed yesterday that Britney Spears is no longer allowed to drive with her two sons in the car, TMZ.com reports. Gordon made the ruling after being told - by lawyers for Brit's ex, Kevin Federline - that on Nov. 8 Brit ran a red light while the tykes were in the car. K-Fed's lawyers, who had requested the 90-minute emergency session (neither celeb was in court), offered yesterday to show the judge a video taken by a paparazzo documenting the incident.
October 13, 2007 |
You may have read that Gary Sinise got a healthy salary bump this week. He'll now be pulling down $5 million a year for scowling on CSI: NY. No mention of any increase for his costar, Melina Kanakaredes. If this television season has taught us anything, it's that women in prime time shouldn't ask for raises - unless they are prepared to see their characters tortured or killed. Take Jorja Fox, who has a history of playing contract hardball with the CSI mothership. The show just fed her Sara Sidle to the most diabolical serial murderer ever to hit Vegas, the Miniature Killer, who pinned Sara beneath a car and left her to wander around the desert with a shirt around her head that made her look like a deranged Rhoda Morgenstern.